updated 03:25 pm EST, Fri November 30, 2007
Future Win Mobile Displays
One of the important features for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Mobile refresh will be its first support for multiple display resolutions and allow more iPhone-like output, says a leak from UberGizmo. Though the current version of the OS has typically locked the resolution to 320x240, the new version will not only support a much sharper 640x480 but also very small displays and widescreen ratios: a touchscreen device using Windows Mobile 6 Professional will support better-than-DVD resolutions of 800x480, Microsoft says.
The code will also for the first time allow dynamic resolution changes on the fly. Similar to the iPhone, upcoming Windows Mobile handhelds will be intelligent enough to switch from portrait to landscape view without requiring a manual settings change. An accelerometer, for example, could auto-adjust the display ratio when the phone is placed on its side, according to the note. Icons are also sharpened on higher-resolution models to make sure they stay at a reasonable size.
An announcement of the upgrade is expected early next year and should result in many Windows Mobile smartphones outside of the current template in the near future.